Grateful Dead Live at Kezar Stadium on 1973-05-26
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The Promised Land
The Race Is On
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Playing In The Band
Here Comes Sunshine
Beat It On Down The Line
You Ain't Woman Enough
Box Of Rain
China Cat Sunflower ->
Jam I Know You Rider
Around And Around
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Me And My Uncle
He's Gone ->
The Other One Jam ->
Phil And Billy ->
Bass Solo ->
Phil And Billy ->
The Other One ->
Eyes Of The World ->
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|The Promised Land|
|The Race Is On|
|Looks Like Rain|
|They Love Each Other|
|Playing In The Band|
|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|You Ain't Woman Enough|
|Box Of Rain|
|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|Around And Around|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo|
|Me And My Uncle|
|He's Gone ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
Sony Stereo Mic -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-124) supplies:
Row Jimmy (3:31 - 4:51)
China Cat Sunflower (3:15 - 3:45)
The Other One (9:31 - 9:53)
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Patch source recorded by Gene Taback and supplied by David Minches
-- Patch source pitch corrected - it's better, but not perfect
-- Numerous background noises removed in SBD, but some still remain
- 2008-04-29 14:31:09
- Dat -> CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.02 -> FLAC
- San Francisco, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Kezar Stadium
Subject: Say "the Kezar" and they know
This was a make-up show, moved from (and combining) two postponed dates at the Cow Palace to Golden Gate Park, by Graham (some reviewers have described memories that are actually from Day on the Green, June '74). Kezar had been the home of the 49ers but suffered from zero parking, so when Candlestick was built it opened up Kezar for shows. It was tough to book, due to evening curfew and decibel limitations, but Graham still followed this show a week later with Zeppelin (also a popular boot), and the Dead played here again during their "disbanded" year. This show gets its popularity from the length (nearly 3½ hours without the intermissions), because it was very well-traded in the B & P age, and because it was, for many of us then, the first (or even only) '73 in our collection! Other '73s didn't have the clarity - even at 5th or 6th gen. It also seems to get accolades merely by Golden Gate Park being proxy to the neighborhood where some of the band briefly resided, during their transition from Palo Alto to Novato/San Rafael. It's a consistent show, though objectively it doesn't have the whopping highlights of some of the other '73s (say, 11/14, 11/30, 12/02, 2/15, or 11/9).
First Set. It takes a while for the long show to check levels and warm up, although still being average '73 (sans the rickety Tennessee Jed). The first notable song is Mexicali, with great tone and solo from Jer, and Bobby nailing the rhythm while singing. Of further note: this is the day Bobby changed "trade the gallows" to "spent my lifetime runnin'". Row Jimmy is likewise inspired and tight with Keith adding a lot. They Love Each Other is way uptempo (compare to 5/11/77!). It has the '73 bridge (dropped when it came back in '76) and, though it's not 6/10 or 10/19, is still great. Playin' s'okay - at least until the sizable Donnaskreech™.
Second Set. Here Comes Sunshine is always welcome, though clunkier than other '73s. El Paso, however, is a raucous version. Jer's bubbling fills totally make it on Beat it on Down the Line-9 and Bobby and Donna sing it polyphonically. You Ain't Woman Enough is the 11th one and much better than the earlier versions. Though the ones from late '73 have Jer on pedal steel, this one instead features a barrelhouse solo from Keith. Box of Rain is a springy version - the '73 arrangement is cool, but this isn't a top one. Keith had just started using a Rhodes; heard here on a solid China>Rider. He's back on piano for a whopping Big River - they do their best, this date, on these short rockers, as evidenced by the rest of the set.
Third Set. Half-Step is average but Me & My Uncle (bottle/jaw) is a unique, lighter version. The next sequence is top stuff. Billy goes octopus through Truckin' and Phil takes his space for Other One, rumbling the cue and, when it doesn't take, throwing down a unique Phil solo - of which there are relatively few, but more in '73/74. Eyes is forward-looking - the kind they would play in '74 after the Wall of Sound was built (this show, they were allowed less than the complete '73 Alembic system). China Doll will show you kids that there was a time when the boys could harmonize. Sugar Mag has some Donnawail but they stay in top form.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: B
3rd Set: B-
Overall = 3½ Stars
Mexicali Blues - jawdropping solo/tone; new lyrics
They Love Each Other - way uptempo; has the '73 bridge
El Paso - rockier
Beat it on Down the Line 9 - bubbling polyphony
Big River - Keith strong
Bertha - how it's done
Me & My Uncle - lighter and jazzier than usual
Truckin' - Billy shines
The Other One - Phil pwns and takes it to an interesting, dark, fairy tale conclusion
Eyes of the World - renders its own atmosphere
SOURCES: Charlie and Ashley achieved near-identical results with their respective DAWs, but Miller's 83535 has seamless, pitch-corrected AUD patches for the gaps. We're lucky to have both.
If you rate every Dead show 5 stars, nobody will believe your reviews.
Kochman also covered the same ground well (and good review from doug)
Joshie - Taback AUD source is as noted above
That said, there are some great highlights that make this one worth hearing, and some keepers on your playlist:
*Playin' does its usual thing, and you can't go wrong with a '73 HCS to start the second set.
*Dig Keith on the Fender through CC>R
*BIG RIVER. Will never, ever get tired of hearing them play this one with either version of the wall.
*The suite has its moments, particularly all that Other One > Eyes - again, not as compelling as some others from the era, but why carp?
Subject: Audio Archeology
Subject: 4+ Hours of Awesome
The Promised Land starts of with minor tech difficulties. Bob sounds cheesy, and is too up front.
Deal finales with strong Keith and Jerry belting out the lyrics passionately.
Jack Straw is well done, nothing remarkable here.
Tennessee Jed features a super weird jam before the final verse. Not packed with energy, other than that little crescendo.
The Race Is On
Sugaree finishes strongly after a slow, slinking approach.
Mexicali Blues is a much needed injection of energy! Garcia has a different, sassy tone that I enjoyed.
Row Jimmy keeps a nice tempo and deliberance to it.
Looks Like Rain is decent enough, for a song I don't like. It's almost studio like for most of it, though Jerry does take a few chances.
They Love Each Other is fucking great! Jerry is all over solo early, and the tempo is perfect. I wish they had kept it to this tempo in later years. A+ version. Just in time for PITB they really got their act together.
Playing In The Band starts a bit sloppy, but I don't care. Jerry assumes the 1972 tone. The playing is more reminiscent of what we got in the "Grateful Dead Movie". Quite exploratory, while lacking umph. Things pick up before the 12 minute mark, and strangeness ensues, for less than a minute, then back into a spacier place. It settles into a nice little jam, structured, almost somewhere near an MLB, but clearly not MLB. Jerry actually hits PITB themed notes in succession. Keith plays a nice subtle part in the background with an almost euphoric tone.A nice PITB, but not one of the best, it couldn't seem to find its groove. I bailed before Donna ruined it for me.
Here Comes Sunshine comes out with a nice tempo and is quite groovy, which may be more of the theme of the show than full. This definitely has more energy than most of the PITB, and seems more cohesive. Sometimes you just need a little intermission I guess.
El Paso, Keith was motivated, a bit overpowering at times (drowning out Garcia). Nice energy though.
Loser is great, with deliberate Jerry. No massive rush to power at the end, but nice Garcia guitar punctuation during the second to final verse.
Beat It On Down The Line ensures energy sustains before...
You Ain't Woman Enough makes me hate Donna even more than ever, which I didn't think was possible.
Box Of Rain was well played, nothing remarkable.
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider starts off with a nice tempo and a very crisp Bobby riff. Jerry is all over the solos here. When we get to the transition we also get a poor patch. Can't blame the tapers, it was over 4 hours of show! The patch is short and we get a focused jam that builds its way toward the promise of the Train, but slows down instead. The finale jam starts with Bob and Jerry getting fully psychedelic and pushes quickly into X factor territory... out of nowhere into that! It's short, and they end with the final chorus and the unceremonious outro jam.
Big River brings the goods, as usual. Again we achieve X.
Bertha feautures solid Jerry.
Around And Around is exactly what you expect from this era, a powerhouse closing song. Again, Keith might be a litttle overwhelming at times.
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo hits the nail on the opening head of this show.
Me And My Uncle is a further injection of adrenaline before we get to the meat sequence, nice stuff here.
He's Gone> Truckin'> The Other One Jam> Phil And Billy> Bass Solo>Phil And Billy> The Other One> Eyes Of The World> China Doll
Gone is great, nice tempo that keeps things moving along, and then Truckin along!
Energy is just where you want it to be, and with the knowledge this will be heading into TOO, you know it's going to maintain that edge. Garcia provides tons of power and noodles as they continue along. Phil does drop his bombs for us, and it's a great ride to a coming smoking crater. There would be a stop on the ride first, Phil & Billy mostly, with a small Phil only portion. It goes right back into awesome after the solo/duo. Another unfortunate cut, but it's not that bad, just hollow sounding. Around thirteen minutes in it gets really exploratory yet energetic and spring and after the fourteenth minute Jerry flirts with the Tiger. The tiger creeps outside in the bushes, while Keith again hits his euphoric tone, would the listener fall unprepared to the lurking Tiger? The tiger never strikes, and as the music dies into silence...
Eyes strums into the vacant space. Another great Eyes here, no secret about that. The second verse jam features more of that magical two guitar action we tasted momentarily in the end of Rider earlier in the show. This means yet more X Factor.
China Doll rounds out the meat with class.
Sugar Magnolia takes that class and slam dunks it into the trash. Fully blown out, rocking rolling version.
Casey Jones - YES! No One More Saturday Night!
The first set, while it has some great stuff, lacks consistency. The TLEO is the highlight.
The second and third sets are fully enjoyable and engaging. Eyes is a highlight, as are all the "rockers". Truckin is another hilite.
Subject: 5 star maple syrup!!!!!
china doll, not a "huge" fan, is offthe Charts.
unbevilable we can listen to such clarity.
PNE of 6/22/ 1973 is also amazing
Subject: Not Overrated!
Subject: A standout in a standout year
Subject: Getting there ...
Anyway, I checked out this Kezar show because of the rave reviews (see below) and, although I can agree with most of the comments, do NOT agree that it was a 5-star performance. The lead guitar in Tennessee Jed ....
Anyway, for a truly standout show, including great bass, great guitars, great piano, great drums - even Donna was outstanding that night - check out the PNE show 1973-06-22 - probably my alltime favourite (ok, so I was chest-up to the stage right in front of Phil at the start, then got dosed with a coupla gals and ended up underneath the stage after the 2nd set until we had to crawl back out because Phil's extended bass solo was too chest-pounding .... ah, those were the days where you could get up close and personal ... anyway, check out that PNE show, which makes this Kezar one pale in comparison .... in my humble opinion ;~o
Subject: bass clips
This is one of the best shows from one of the best years. great versions of all the classic '73 material. 3 sets in the hot sun at Kezar. The Playin jam about midway through gst interstellar. I agree totally with the reviewr below who commented on the stereo separation. Truckin>Other One Eyes is extraordinary, adding the Eyes really spices up Truckin>Other one whch was common for that time. Stream this one immediately.
Subject: Annoying buzzing
I guess most people are listening to it via loudspeakers where the noise isn't so noticeable. I was listening to it on mp3 travelling on the train this morning and it drove me nuts. I guess it's ok for loudspeaker listening but avoid on headphones unless you've got a fairly high tolerance level for this kind of thing.
Subject: Stereo pan for guitars is key
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org happy to share with some good listeners.
Subject: 4 hours 8minutes 8 seconds of fine Grateful Dead music!!!
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" May 26, 1973 at Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
"This day in GRATEFUL DEAD History"
~Super 73' Soundboard~
Thirty six years ago today, the GRATEFUL DEAD were performing at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park. I couldn't be there, but I showed up today...where were you?
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5 Stars for the mix
5 Stars for the recording
5 Stars for the performance
5 Stars for Charlie Miller's hardwork, and taste in GRATEFUL DEAD shows.
It's a Charlie Miller transfer. Mr. Miller has impeccable taste in GRATEFUL DEAD shows and sound quality. I highly recommend you click on Charlie Miller's name and collect all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows.
32 songs performed by the GRATEFUL DEAD.
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Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.
Subject: beyond stoked!
I'll be listening to this one on repeat for a while.
Subject: Phenomenal Quality
Subject: clean, crisp sound quality
Oh, and the music therein is exquisitely beautiful as well!
Subject: smile, smile, smile
Subject: best show ever
Subject: Anniversary - Time Machine Show.....
Set the Wayback Machine for 5/26/73, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA.
Mr Peabody and I are off....Pack a lunch...it's a marathon.
Thanks again to Mr Miller for taking the time to improve the recording. Every ounce of effort, no matter how minor, is greatly appreciated.
A high flow all-timer!